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Michelle W.

Patient Tutor w/PhD- Specialties: Math, Science, Learning Difficulties

Mission Viejo, CA (92692)

Travel radius
10 miles
Hourly fee
$50.00
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Hello, my name is Michelle, and I am a patient teacher who has been tutoring students of all ages for the past two years. I have tutored many students that have been identified with learning difficulties including ADHD/ADD and dyslexia. Prior to this, I taught high school science for five years and middle school math and science for two years. I have a PhD in biology (plant pathology), a multiple subject teaching credential, and a bachelor's degree in microbiology. Recently, I completed Cal State Long Beach's biotechnology program and finished a stem cell internship at UCI.

I am an excellent math and science teacher, and tutor other subjects as well. The sciences that I have tutored are general science, Earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics. I have experience teaching general math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and biostatistics. I am also very good at improving students' reading and writing skills. I have tutored grammar, reading comprehension, phonics, and writing. Perhaps the most important information I teach falls under the category of study skills, which I incorporate into every subject. I emphasize how and what to study, as well as test taking skills. I have experience tutoring people of all ages and also students taking honors classes, remediation classes, and students taking subjects in-between those too extremes.

I usually do a brief initial assessment of the student's strengths and areas which need improvement. Next, I tailor my teaching methods to the students' needs. My goal is for students to understand and love what they are learning. Please be sure to take a look at the recommendations and ratings that students have written. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Michelle’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
CBEST, GED, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Language:
TOEFL
Science:
Biology, Biostatistics, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Physical Science
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

ADD/ADHD

I am qualified to tutor students who have ADD/ADHD based on both my education and experience. I hold a valid multiple subject teaching credential. One class dealt specifically with teaching students with special needs, including those who have ADD or ADHD. Also, as a teacher I taught many students with ADD/ADHD and adapted my lesson plans to fit the needs of all students. Finally, I have tutored several students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. When tutoring, I utilize strategies that help students with attention deficit disorder become successful in the classroom.

Biostatistics

I have taken two courses on statistics and have a doctorate in plant pathology. These courses were part of my undergraduate and PhD thesis. I used statistics both when writing my thesis and making graphs.

Botany

I have earned a doctorate in plant pathology. Plant pathology involves the interaction between plants and their pathogens. Thus, I needed to be proficient in botany in order to do research and write my thesis. I learned botany both from college classes, talking with others, and reading the literature.

CBEST

I am qualified to teach the CBEST because I have a multiple subject teaching credential. I have passed the CBEST and am familiar with the current version. I am very good at teaching both math and language arts. Also, I teach test taking strategies that are very important to standardized test taking.

Elementary (K-6th)

I received a multiple subject teaching credential. Also, I have tutored many elementary students in all subjects. My students always improve in either one or multiple subjects as a result of tutoring. I have already passed the reading, writing, elementary math, elementary science, and study skills tests by wyzant.

Grammar

I have written a thesis, and published in peer reviewed journals. Also, I earned a multiple subject credential.

Special Needs

In several of the classes for the multiple subject teaching credential I learned how to adapt lesson plans for students with students with special needs including those with learning disabilities and gifted students. Throughout my teaching and tutoring career I have effectively taught students with special needs.

Study Skills

I have been a tutor independently for the last two years and reinforce study skills with students. We go over test taking strategies such as underlining key words, and circling words such as "except" in the phrase "all of the words below are verbs except." I also stress using a planner and keeping an organized notebook. Another study tool I use with students is graphic organizers for prewrites. I teach students how to look for key terms when reading a history or science text and also how to answer questions at the end of the chapter. All of these tools help to make the student more successful in school. I also have earned a doctorate in plant pathology.

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Education

University of CA at Santa Barbara (Microbiology)

University of CA Riverside (PhD)

Cal State San Bernardino (Other)

Intuitive Michelle seems to zero in on the method a student is using to help identify which step or area they need assistance with. She's very patient, shows students different ways to approach math problems that might work best with their style. After only a few sessions, my son has already stated how much she has helped him to better understand approach math - Algebra I & II, fractions, etc. ...

— Anna from Ladera Ranch, CA on 8/19/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 10 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692.

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